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Design and Technology

Head of Department: Mr R Healey


Curriculum Overview in Years 7, 8 and 9

Design and Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative and enterprising. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils are taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in design and make activities.

Pupils cover a wide range of skills throughout Key Stage 3 in a number of disciplines including: Graphics, Electronics, Resistant Materials, Food, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.


Curriculum Overview in Years 10 and 11

Design and Technology is a practical subject area which requires the application of knowledge and understanding when developing ideas, planning, producing products and evaluating them. The distinction between Designing and Making is a convenient one to make, but in practice the two often merge.

Design and Technology is divided in to 3 disciplines at GCSE level. The courses are 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the practical work within this subject.


Programmes available for study in Years 10 and 11

Food Technology (current Year 11 only) and Food and Nutrition (from 2014 Year 10) 

Course Leader: Mrs H Jenkinson

As nutrition, healthy eating and the preparation of food are regularly highlighted in the media, it is essential for students to be able to put what they learn in school into practice. This course does that by giving students the ability to make wise food choices and understand the principles behind why foods act the way they do e.g. why does bread rise, sauces thicken and cakes rise? This course will enable students to use the knowledge they gain in practical situations. Home Economics: Food and Nutrition would be an ideal option for someone interested in pursuing Sciences or PE at college, as well as those interested in a career in the Food Industry. It combines learning about food with gaining practical food preparation skills.

What does Food and Nutrition involve?

• Nutrition, diet and health throughout life

• Food preparation and cooking; techniques and skills

• Scientific principles behind the preparation and cooking of food

• Factors affecting our choice of food

• Advertising

• Consumer issues

• Food safety and hygiene

• Packaging


Graphic Products

Course Leader: Mr R Healey

Graphic Products is a very exciting, creative and interesting subject to study. It encourages candidates to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors, such as manufacturing and engineering. It prepares candidates to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

What does Graphic Products involve?

• Being creative and designing new products

• Understanding how and why the ‘design process’ works

• Learning how to research in to a topic effectively and use this research to guide your designs

• Learning how industry uses graphics and modelling skills in a wide range of products

• Learning about graphic processes, techniques and making skills

• Experimenting, investigating and testing products

• Understanding how a range of products are manufactured commercially

• Having an insight in to the use of colour, shape and layout of a design

• Understanding and using a variety of CAD/CAM techniques


Resistant Materials Technology

Course Leader: Mr M Minshall

Resistant Materials is an exciting and very rewarding subject. Our world is full of products that are made from Resistant Materials. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the time you return to your bed, your whole day will be influenced and affected by products that have been designed and made from resistant materials. Indeed, the bed you sleep in, the spoon which you eat your cereal, the toothbrush you clean your teeth with, the bus that brought you to school, and many, many more products are designed and made from resistant materials.

What does Resistant Materials involve?

• Engaging in focused tasks to develop and demonstrate techniques

• Engaging in strategies for developing ideas, planning and producing products

• Explore ways in which aesthetic, technical, economic, environmental, ethical and social dimensions interact to shape designing and making

• Analyse existing products and produce practical solutions to needs, wants and opportunities, recognising their impact on quality of life

• Develop decision-making skills through individual and collaborative working

• Understand that designing and making reflect and influence cultures and societies, and that products have an impact on lifestyle

• Develop skills of creativity and critical analysis through making links between the principles of good design, existing solutions and technological knowledge. considering how past and present design and technology, relevant to a designing and making context, affects society

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